Are city elected officials being outmaneuvered, outsmarted and scammed by Nor’wood Development Group as the extensively reworked Banning Lewis Ranch annexation agreement moves briskly along to almost certain council approval? I don’t think so, and I’ve been involved with this issue for 30 years. In writing this column, I’ve...
So what do we have to look forward to this year? I’ve learned not to predict what our antic president will do, and whether his actions will harm or benefit the Republic. I do know from long experience that in Colorado Springs we are the masters and mistresses of...
How do we define 2017? The year of the tweets that President Donald Trump, like a skilled magician, used to keep himself front and center and divert the “fake news” media’s attention? The year of the Silence Breakers? The year that Vladimir Putin and Trump started the Bro Presidents’...
Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? Blue frame, we hardly knew ye — but, like Argentina, we won’t cry for you. According to Colorado Springs City Communications Director Jamie Fabos, we haven’t seen the last of the big blue rectangle, a marketing ploy erected in the Garden of the...
As I write these words, it’s a brilliantly sunny December day, with a predicted high of 60 degrees, the Broncos finally won a game and our local economy is as strong as it has been since the long-vanished tech boom of the late 1990s. How long will our present...
Interstate-25 toll lanes, Strawberry Fields, national monuments, the disappearance of geezer-friendly downtown bars and 1917 law enforcement — what do these have in common? Not much, but they’re all worth considering. It’s interesting that the proposal to toll the two additional lanes to be added to the notorious I-25 gap...
Watching the Colorado Springs City Council consider closing the downtown Drake coal-fired power plant last week, I remembered what William Faulkner wrote 66 years ago: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Here’s the issue. Drake has two working generators, both about 50 years old. The Midwestern industrial...
In a recent op-ed column in The Denver Post, former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm expressed his hope that Amazon would bypass Denver and find some other city to host its $5 billion, 50,000-employee headquarters. Old timers may remember Lamm as the spoilsport who led the successful fight against the...
Colorado Springs residents may periodically complain about utility rates, but they’re in pretty good shape compared to their southern neighbor, Pueblo. The two largest cities in the greater Pikes Peak region are only 40 miles apart, but their electric utility costs are very different. Based on national averages, Colorado Springs rates for commercial, industrial and […]
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Earlier this week Bronco Billy’s owner Full House Resorts announced plans to build a $70 million 150-room upscale hotel in Cripple Creek. If successful, it’ll be a game-changer for the historic mining town, which has not fully recovered from the Great Recession. As currently envisaged, the new hotel would wrap...
Nov. 7 is Election Day — at least theoretically. In fact the election has been in progress for weeks, as residents fill out, mail in or deliver their ballots. This now quaint and inconvenient process (who mails anything these days?) was eagerly embraced a couple of decades ago by...
Douglas Bruce is our own Don Quixote, brandishing a rusty sword, and still spoiling for a fight. Good for him — but bad for our city.